about theia

what is theia

Theia is a next-generation security robot that performs in-depth psychoanalysis to cover the blind spots of a regular security camera. With the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), Theia is able to psychoanalyze your brain in a non-invasive way and identify what someone approaching your setting is feeling. For example, people are nervous and anxious before they commit a crime, so our camera picks up on the activity in the periaqueductal gray in the midbrain and notifies the owner however they want it to (call, text, alarm, etc.). The owner of Theia can also buy different cameras based on the sensitivity of the psychoanalysis. For example, at an airport, Theia has to be able to do more in-depth analysis compared to a at a diner. Theia can also protect itself in case anyone attempts to disable it. If an individual tries to tamper with it, Theia will send a mild discouraging shock to the perpetrator and immediately notify the owner, locking its own system down and possibly the building it is in (as programmed by the owner). Also, if an individual tries to hack it, Theia's system will cut all external communication immediately, restore itself to a recently-saved system image, and notify the owner.

As all robots should, Theia satisfies Asimov's Three Laws:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. Theia cannot injure a human being at all (despite its mild shocking mechanism) and exists purely for security surveillance purposes. If the owner permits, Theia can auto-lock doors and windows controlled by smartlocks.

  2. A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. Theia relies heavily on the owner’s needs. The owner decides how sophisticated Theia needs to be and dictates how Theia should react to threats, including notification and action. Theia is also a friendly robot, unless you're upto no good.

  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. Theia auto-disables itself when tampered physically and proceeds to lock anything the owner asks it to. Theia also can protect itself cutting all external communications immediately and restoring itself in case of a cyberattack, which is an unlikely event.

where did this idea come from?

Since society begun, crime has existed. It became especially prevalent after the end of World War I and during the Great Depression. As money became sparse, people began to look for alternative ways to earn enough to survive. During this time, many may have invested in something called the door-shaker, a group of night men that watched to make sure doors were locked and houses were safe. More advanced users then may have utilized a system based on electromagnetic contacts connected to a bell and battery. However, all of these needed a guard, or someone to watch over it, and were rather insufficient because these guards could be easily manipulated.

Property crime and home burglaries have risen to an unprecedented high. In 2015, according to an FBI study, there was a property crime every 4 seconds, which created 8 million recorded cases and over 12.4 million stolen dollars or property.

Data showed that a steady decrease in burglaries in Newark between 2001 and 2005 coincided with an increase in the number of registered home burglar alarms. The study credits the alarms with the decrease in burglaries and the city’s overall crime rate. The study also concluded that the deterrent effect of alarms is felt in the community at large. “Neighborhoods in which burglar alarms were densely installed have fewer incidents of residential burglaries than the neighborhoods with fewer burglar alarms."
–Dr. Seungmug Lee

The market for home security systems has increased dramatically and we believe that now is the time to step in with our solution.

our solution

Theia's purpose is to monitor people's body and facial movements—using, among other things, material detection, cameras in different light spectrums, and possibly remote cerebral activity scans—in a given secure or private location in order to identify people with the intent to do harm. The global system network, containing the AI program and necessary computing hardware, is located in an undisclosed, secure location. The individual robots contain all vital instruments, with other instruments connected to the global network through a secure wireless connection over unconventional channels. The AI "brain" will process the data it collects to find necessary correlations to identify threats, and the devices will discreetly notify security, initiate lockdown, or sound an alarm. Along with the high security/government model described, a significantly more economic and compact model will be available to consumers and businesses for home and small office security. As in the survey below, we have noticed that the wireless home security or something is what the people most want, which is why we have incorporated that into Theia.

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photos & modules

Psychoanalysis Camera: You never have to fear deceiving appearances anymore! This camera scans the brain and detects if the part activated associates with a harmful emotion. It will send a warning to you through an app on your phone!

Controls: You can check up on your home anywhere and anytime with our controls. We have remote devices and apps to connect Theia to your devices. It's wireless and not tireless at all!

Brain of Theia: This is the head of Theia, which contains the fMRI scanner. We assure that you will lobe it as we make it customizable and convenient to access if anything breaks.

Wheels: ChiRobotics believes in making everything easier for their customers, so we designed this wheel for Theia. It can be easily removed or attached depending on your wish to make Theia mobile or stationary. If it is mobile, these wheels are specially designed to move smoothly and not leave marks on the ground. It can move on any terrian, so it won't matter if you live on a mountain or in a marsh.